RecoilBook - 1992 | 1st Vintage CrimeBlack Lizard ed.
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"Don't know why it is," she said. "Give a guy a gun and he can't wait to use it."
"Goodnight." She smiled, but she sounded angry; or, rather, disgusted. It was almost as if she said, "Good God!"
He wouldn't be talking that night or any other. He was through talking for all time.
I drank a great deal of whiskey that night, and the more I drank the more sober I became. Around midnight, when the stuff was virtually running out my ears, ...
Luther thought he'd become accustomed to rottenness. Yet Sandstone never failed to outrage him. It wasn't a prison. It was a madhouse in which the keeper, and not the inmates, was mad. There was only one way to survive there: to become tougher and more tortuous-minded than that keeper. If you did that-if you amused the man with the preternaturally brilliant eyes and the unpredictable laughter- -you not only survived, but did so in comparative comfort.
"Well-I'm not apologizing, of course. Hell, they didn't call this state the heart of Balkan America for nothing. When it's a choice of eat or be eaten, what's a sensible man to do?" "Eat," I said.
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"The master of the American groin-kick novel."--Vanity Fair
Patrick Cosgrove used to think he'd do anything not to be a prisoner of Sandstone State Reformatory. Fifteen years on the inside for a victimless crime, under the care of a warden whose penchant for violence is legendary--surely nothing could be worse.
But when an unbelievably Samaritan act by a psychologist he's never met places Cosgrove in the care of Roland "Doc" Luther, Cosgrove's not so sure he hasn't traded the frying pan for the fire after all. On the one hand, Doc claims that Cosgrove owes him nothing, and seems at times like the most decent man alive. But at other times, Doc's potential for cruelty seems unimaginable. As it turns out, freedom's not as freeing as he thought it would be--especially when it might end up getting him killed.
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